Film Daily News: The Duplass Brothers, Anya’s Ghost, and TIFF Discovery
Anya’s Ghost brought to life by Dan Mazer
Rebecca Thomas to direct Amblin’s sci-fi Intelligent Life
Studio71’s Saving Zoë film stars the Marano sisters
Alyson Noël’s bestselling young adult novel Saving Zoë will be directed by Jeffrey Hunt (The Vampire Diaries) and star Laura (Austin & Ally) & Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth). The story centers on high school freshman Echo (Laura) who searches for answers after the murder of her sister Zoë (Vanessa).
J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot to produce Larry Cohen’s anthology series
TIFF Discovery films: a record lineup
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will present 45 titles in its largest ever lineup of Discovery films, including world premieres for Anders Walter’s I Kill Giants, Constanza Novick’s The Future Ahead, and Dan Kokotajlo’s Apostasy.
Netflix leads the pack with documentaries on Joan Didion and Gay Talese at NYFF
Continuing its dominance in the documentary space, the streaming giant will premiere Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold and Voyeur at the 55th New York Film Festival, before being released worldwide on Netflix later in the year.
The Pfefferman family will be back: Transparent renewed for fifth season
Amazon Studios has officially renewed its “most award-winning original” series, Transparent, for a fifth season, ahead of its fourth-season premiere. Jill Soloway‘s Emmy-winning series will release its 10 episodes on September 22.
A first look at HBO’s The Deuce from August 25
Created by George Pelecanos (The Wire) & David Simon (Treme) and starring James Franco (The Disaster Artist) & Maggie Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko), the new series will have its advance pilot premiere starting August 25 via HBO’s affiliate portals. The Deuce follows the rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s, with the full series set to debut from September 10.
Joker and Harley Quinn movie linked to This Is Us creators
Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), directors and showrunners of NBC’s hit show This Is Us, are reportedly in talks to write and direct an untitled movie centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn. Jared Leto (Blade Runner 2049) & Margot Robbie (Focus) are expected to reprise their roles from Suicide Squad.
Humans of New York docuseries coming to Facebook
Brandon Stanton’s series of 12 half-hour episodes, produced by Julie Goldman (Life, Animated), will spotlight interviews with the same diverse subjects often featured on Stanton’s popular photography blog.
HBO renews Duplass Brothers’ Room 104
Executive VP at HBO Programming Amy Gravitt announced the anthology series from dynamic duo Jay & Mark Duplass will be back for a second season. The genre-bending show examines the varied characters who pass through a typical motel room.
Comedy Central unveils fall schedule
Jordan Klepper will debut this fall as the host of The Opposition with Jordan Klepper on Monday, September 25. Also premiering are new seasons of South Park, Broad City, Tosh.0 and Nathan For You, plus new episodes from Comedy Central’s weekly series The Jim Jefferies Show (September 19) and The President Show (September 28).